Hereâ€™s a curated Watson checklist to get you started
- Get your IBM ID: Your time is precious at hackathons and the last thing you want to do is to spend time on registering.
- If you already have an IBM ID, ensure your trial is not expired
- If you are a student with an expired account, email us
- Familiarize yourself with IBM Bluemix: Here is a collection of short videos to get you started on Bluemix
- Setup a Bluemix Development Environment: There are multiple ways to work with Bluemix and we support pretty much any setup you like. Most common usage patterns are:
- Setup Cloud Foundry Command Line Interface
- Keep this IBM Bluemix cheat sheet handy
- Check out this tutorial for Node.js to help you get started
- And this tutorial for Java
- Â Integrate Git with Bluemix
- If you use Eclipse IDE for development, install the IBM Eclipse Tools for Bluemix plugin
- You can also develop locally with service instances and/or databases deployed on Bluemix. Create a wrapper project as explained in the Getting started guide for Node.js above, and then use credentials to connect to the services as show in the image.
- Get your free AlchemyAPI keys
- Review all the Watson and AlchemyAPI services in the Bluemix catalog, and reach out to us if you have any questions
- Get inspired and let the community help you: See what others have done at hackathons using IBM Watson and AlchemyAPI
- Leverage sample code to accelerate development
- Leverage the great Bluemix and Watson tutorials on the developerWorks YouTube channel
- Having trouble with Bluemix services? Check the server and service status page for any known issues.
We hope that these tips give you an edge with your project and the hackathon. Send me your comment, feedback and any tips you may want to share with others on Twitter@salilahuja.
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